Wednesday, March 16, 2011


As I was What a way to come back & I don't know if I am back. But. Coming out of the mouths of creeps are loathsome remarks about why people should not contribute to help the Japanese recover. No, I am not kidding. I'd say go look it up but it will make ya sick.

Choose your organization wisely & if you can only manage $5.00 like me, it's something. The
International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is one good place. I received an email this morning from the World Food Programme asking for help from their blogger pals to spread the word. (You can help on your blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, too.) It's a shock to see Japan on their list.

Julie the Cat's blog is back. I've enabled internetty-google-tubey share buttons at the bottom of each post on both blogs. I continue to try & improve them with free help & but half a brain. I'll post links to cool people who help bloggers for free (I know!) soon. To get you started: The Blog Guidebook.

Back to Al Jazeera - which has excellent coverage of Japan news. I'm fortunate to have it on the teevee machine here in the DC-area. I think it's only here, Vermont, & Ohio. Something like that. Very weird. You can demand it in your area (those in the States). Meanwhile, you can watch live online, here. Cheers!

Update Thursday, 17 March: I forgot to put in a link to a 20x200 print that will raise funds for the Japan Society. I'd recommend 20x200 for affordable art in any event, but especially now. People are buying things for their homes & for gifts anyway, so check it out. They just added another print & will probably keep it going.

(woodblock prints by the great Utagawa Hiroshige)


Emily said...

Lovely to see you blogging again Susan. You're so right that it doesn't matter how much we give but rather that we each give something. Beautiful pictures by one of my favourite artists; such sadness and destruction in Japan right now.

On a brighter note, I love the gadget showing the things you like; the one with the Camus romance especially intrigues me.

simon said...

Nice to see you blogging again!

I agree. I had some awful comment made by a relative, but I quickly settled down as they are old enough and experienced the trauma of ww2.

I have friends in Japan. They are ok for the moment, and Maalie ( Jim) has a nephew there with his japanese wife. they too are ok.

Maalie is coming here on the 12th of april via tokyo. I have suggested and alternate route in view of this terrible event.

Finally- In Aus donate to World Vision. They are one of a few agencies that are large enough to handle this.

carina said...

Welcome back to blog land - and yes what a way to come back. Dreadful images on the television.It seems there is no end to natural disasters at the moment:-(

Diane said...

Welcome back!!

... and yes, beautiful prints.

They admirably rode out the storm, then the earthquake. Here's hoping that a full-out nuclear disaster is not on their horizon.

I heard talk of how volunteers are stepping forward to help control the disaster, knowing the great risks at hand. In a culture where honour is so truly revered, they are having hundreds step up to the challenge.

ceecee said...

Woke to grim news this morning. I feel as if my timing to announce a giveaway couldn't be worse. Blogging feels frivolous and ridiculous at the moment. I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face. The photos of Japan are heartbreaking.
But your photos of Julie did make me smile. My Earl was always such a comfort. I could use him right now. I'll get back with you soon.

Anonymous said...

I love that you are encouraging donations. I gave some myself for more personal reasons (I used to live there). It's lovely we can at least come together, help out after this. :)

Katharine said...

Here, here. I also saw that you commented on some other blogs about WFProgramme.

Hope you'll be back soon.


Julie@beingRUBY said...

It's very sad... and yet another disaster that has welcomed this year in...

Love the woodblock prints.. xxxx Julie

the nyanzi report said...

It's a natural part of the planet that we inhabit for these things to happen and the sad thing is there's nothing we as human beings can do to prevent them from happening about other than damage control.

Giulia said...

Everyone: I'm so sorry I've not responded to each of you yet. I will, I will. xoxo